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may calendar of events MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: May-retta Daze is an annual, two day Arts and Crafts festival held the first weekend in May. The festival draws artists and craftspeople from many southern states, as well as local Georgia artists. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival also includes children’s activities and free entertainment on the stage. May 6 and 7, Historic Marietta Square, Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday, 11-5. DINNER AT THE DEPOT FOOD TRUCK RALLY: Every Monday through October, Kennesaw’s Downtown Development Authority is partnering with local food trucks in Kennesaw’s Depot Park, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, weather permitting. Patrons will be able to purchase food to grab-and-go or to enjoy while picnicking in the park. Check the Dinner at the Depot Facebook page for details! KENNESAW FARMERS MARKET: NOW through October, rain or shine, from 3:30 to 7:30pm at Kennesaw’s Depot Park. Sponsored by the KDDA, the Farmers Market features a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown by local farmers, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies, landscape plants, flowers and other assorted goods. For more information on the Farmers Market, check out the Kennesaw Farmers Market Facebook page. For vendor information or support, call Julia McPherson at 770-794-7075 or email SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL: The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill up Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 12, from 6:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 13, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and fireworks and all day Saturday. For information, call (770) 423-1330, or visit and follow us on facebook.




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Letters from Abroad by Kelly Dean After living in England for 2 ½ years, I finally made it next door to Ireland. Earlier in the year, I had the brilliant idea that it would be amazing to be in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day. Upon some initial investigation, I shortly realized that everyone in Europe also had this idea, probably a year in advance. I pride myself on being a skilled accommodation finder, but the only available hotel in the entire city was $800 a night. Scratch that plan. Luckily enough, I was able to coordinate a trip to Dublin for another weekend with a German friend who was in England for work. We met up in Manchester and took the short 1-hour flight to Dublin for a long weekend. After dumping off our suitcases, we set off to the Temple Bar area for dinner. A prime tourist spot, the streets were especially packed due to the Wales vs. Ireland World Cup Qualifier that was taking place in Dublin that Friday. I’m fairly confident the entire male population of Wales had made the journey, as all you could see were red soccer jerseys. The next day, we were up early for a free guided walking tour of the city. These tours are done all over Europe and are quite popular. The guides were separating the groups and one was doing a Spanish speaking tour. About 5 people followed the Spanish guide and the other 60 or so of us were in the English group. Since we both speak Spanish—she was my roommate in Madrid—we decided to join the smaller Spanish tour. The sight of two light haired girls joining the Spanish group was a bit amusing to everyone, but we figured it’d probably be more entertaining than the standard English tour.

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May is truly one of my favorite months of the year. Why you may ask? Well, school is ending, summer is beginning, and we also get the chance to celebrate the amazing mothers in our lives. Oh and it’s MY BIRTHDAY (this is a big one). The actual number has never bothered me. I always look forward to my BIRTHDAY SUIT however is another story. With every year and every baby I have to admit my birthday suit has definitely taken a hit. When strategically covered, clothed and the proper shape wear has been used, I can typically pull it off and feel pretty good about it. However, the summer months do pose a bit of a problem. There is only so much you can do with the limited wardrobe of the season. Sometimes I dream about how nice it would be if we had a drawstring positioned right at our belly button (stay with me) and when we needed it we could give it a good tug, and it would pull everything up, in and back in its original place. Wouldn’t that be AMAZING? Until then….. here are some cooler shape wear ideas and brands you can use during these warmer months:

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The 75th Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair 2017 Saturday, May 20- Monday, May 29 The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 75th year! Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top presented by the world-famous ringmaster Richard Curtis! For the first time in Marietta see the Magnificent Big Cat Extravaganza and the Rage in the Cage presented by Bruno Blaszak. You won’t want to miss the aerial artistry to include Miss Celena, Miss Elena and Miss Ciara flying high above the crowd, as well as the Fearless Flight- The Flying Bells and the Transformation from Romania, the Bileas. This year will also feature the largest Asian male elephant in the world- The Majestic Tarzan, as well as the American Show Camels presented by Ian Garden. And no Shrine Circus would be complete without the hilarious Red Devil Clowns. Once again you can catch a spectacular fireworks show on both Saturday nights of the Shrine Circus and you can roam the grounds to see all the FREE ground acts that include the Sea Lion Splash Show, the Kachunga the Alligator Show and new in 2017 is the Lew-E Comedy Circus Show for kids of all ages. Back again in 2017 is one of America’s premier carnival companies. Wade Shows is consistently ranked as one of the top five amusement companies in the industry. For over 100 years, Wade Shows has been the leader in bringing affordable family entertainment throughout the country. You are sure to find something for the whole family as 35 rides including the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Wacky Worm will be there for kids of all ages! With more than 100 amusement rides and attractions, Wade thrills more than 15 million people each year. New in 2017 is the Lew-E Comedy Circus, the Master of Slapstick Comedy. Lew-E will delight crowds young and old as he mixes a special blend of silly comedy and magic! Action packed juggling, audience participation and high energy- the little ones will love this show!


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Impact of Exercise on Emotional Health by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. The health benefits of regular physical activity and exercise are pretty universally accepted. These include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke as well as protection against some cancers and osteoporosis. Additionally, there is impressive research which indicates physical activity also improves psychological well-being. While much of this research is based on broad, population-based correlational studies, (meaning the scientists are studying associations that exist between exercise and mental health variables); the inferences are consistent and powerful. The word “exercise” may bring thoughts of running or heading to the gym to lift weights. However, physical activities such as gardening, washing the car, walking around the block can also be valuable, especially when a part of every day life. Any activity which gets the body moving, gets the heart rate up and expends energy can provide the benefits to physical and emotional health. While there is an impressive and growing understanding of the emotional benefits of an active life style and a regular exercise program, the focus of research has been on the tremendous impacts on depression, anxiety, and improved cognitive functioning. Depression is one of the most common mental conditions that affects people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million experience depression. Unfortunately, depression is a growing problem, and is set to be the 2nd biggest medical condition by 2020. These statistics demand a focus on improved treatment options. “There is good epidemiological data to suggest that active people are less depressed than inactive people. And people who were active and stopped tend to be more depressed than those who maintain or initiate an exercise program,” says James Blumenthal, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Duke University. Dr. Blumenthal has explored the mood-exercise connection and asserts that exercise is generally comparable to medications for patients with major depressive disorder. Additionally, his research has shown that, “Exercise seems not only important for treating depression, but also in preventing relapse”. The results of over 30 published papers substantiate an indisputable link with exercise and reduction of anxiety. It appears that even short bursts of 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can substantially improve anxiety. The research also indicates that those individuals training for periods of 10 to 15 weeks will receive the greatest beneficial effects. Exercise has been shown to assist in the reduction of stress and an increase in sense of relaxation; improve sleep; increase in pain tolerance; and act as a powerful distraction from daily stressors or worries.

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Research also indicates regular exercise is associated with better cognitive functioning over the course of life. Cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells which improve overall brain performance. Regular physical activity boosts memory and ability to learn new things; and exercise, especially between ages 25 and 45, increases the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning. For the brain, exercise is an anti-aging tool. There is growing research suggesting the potential of a bigger benefit when one focuses on the exercise activity rather than “zoning out”. Adding this mindfulness element, maintaining intention and attention on the body and how it feels with the exercise, has been shown to not only improve physical condition faster, but adds the enormous benefits of meditation to exercise. Even with the knowledge of the value of exercise on emotional health, adding this to busy lives can feel overwhelming. Important to know is that even a bit of activity is better than nothing. One can experience many of the powerful mental health benefits of exercise with 30-minutes of moderate exercise five times a week….or two 15-minute…. or even three 10-minute exercise sessions can also work just as well. The goal should be to get moving …. And keep going!! Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or by email to Your comments or questions are welcome.

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May is melanoma awareness month! Do you know the ABC’s of moles? Although most skin cancers are seen in the elderly, providers at Kayal Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists have diagnosed and treated skin cancers in children and men and women in their twenties. Melanoma is potentially curable, especially with early diagnosis and treatment. It is important to schedule your yearly total body skin exam.

MELANOMA Melanoma is the least common type skin cancer, yet it is the most dangerous. Melanoma can be genetic or can be caused by sun damage. The prognosis and treatment depends on the thickness of the disease that is determined by a biopsy. The most important aspects of early detection of melanoma are yearly skin exams at Kayal Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists and by monitoring any changes to your skin at home. Monthly home skin exams can be performed at home by learning the ABC’s of moles.


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Our Town Business Spotlight Elite Roofing of Georgia With over 20 years of hands on industry experience, Elite Roofing of Georgia provides superior customer service and outstanding work for each and every one of their customers. We recently got together with the folks at Elite Roofing of Georgia to get the ABC’s of roofing and the inside story on what makes them tick OTM: Can you describe your mission statement to Our Town readers?

OTM: How can Elite Roofing of Georgia help Our Town readers with insurance claims?

ERG: At Elite Roofing of Georgia, our mission is to serve our community with the most qualified workmanship and service. We strive to make lasting relationships with each customer by providing quality customer service and elevated levels of performance. With a high level of trust and respect, our goal is to continue to receive excellent ratings from residential and commercial customers alike. We utilize the latest technologies and best quality roofing products on the market.

ERG: We work closely with our customers who are involved with their insurance company. From the initial inspection to the final steps of closing the claim, we will be there to answer all of your questions. With high ratings and a trusted reputation with insurance companies, Elite Roofing of Georgia is a company that you will want assisting you.

OTM: What do you think sets Elite Roofing of Georgia apart from other roofing companies in the area? ERG: To begin with, we love what we do! We are extremely proud that we have been awarded the “Best of Home Advisors” for the last 4 years running (2013- 2016). In addition, we have an A+ rating with the BBB and over 200 real customer reviews on line.

OTM: What type of warranties and maintenance programs do you offer? ERG: As we mentioned before we offer a 10 Year No Leak Warranty on new roofs. In addition, we provide a 2 year No Leak Warranty on repairs, a GAF System Plus Warranty, and an option for GAF Master Elite Golden Pledge Warranty. OTM: What advice do you recommend to homeowners when choosing a roofing company?

We are an Owen’s Corning Preferred Contractor and also a GAF Master Elite Contractor. Only 2 % of the roofing contractors in the nation are Master Elite Contractors, evidence that their standards are very high. Companies must be in business for a minimum of 7 years and receive a 99% customer satisfaction rating based on independent surveys from GAF. GAF Master Elite Contractors must provide 1 million in general liability coverage, proper and valid workers compensation, a solid rating with the BBB, a good or better credit rating, no liens or judgments unresolved on record, and a good workmanship record. With the GAF certification, Elite Roofing of Georgia is able to provide a 10 year No Leak Warranty on all new roofs.

ERG: When selecting a roofing company, we recommend that homeowners visit the BBB site to check for negative reports, as well as, the Secretary of State’s site. We are also strong advocates of requesting a copy of the company’s business license and insurance certification with a follow up call to verify that they are current and still active. We encourage homeowners to get multiple estimates and choose a company that does not require a down payment. Lastly visit their office location and check their references.

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ERG: Elite Roofing of Georgia not only specializes in new residential and commercial roofing but we also do roof repairs, seamless gutters, gutter covers, wood repair/replacement, siding, decking, painting, and more.

ERG: Elite Roofing of Georgia is local and family owned with over 20 years of experience in the roofing business. We are all actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business and are dedicated to providing our neighbors with the best service in the industry.

OTM: We understand that a large portion of your business is providing commercial and residential roofing, but didn’t realize that you also offer other services. Can you detail those for us?

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15th Annual “Through the Garden Gate” Garden • May 13 from 10AM – 5PM “Through the Garden Gate” tour is designed to demonstrate to the public how the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County (MGVOCC) maintain their own landscapes. Each year several private gardens and various projects are selected to be on tour. These are not “connoisseur” or “checkbook” gardens, but rather “teaching gardens” providing real-life lessons and inspiration.

Wildlife and Rain Garden The Wildlife and Rain Garden is the first garden in Cobb County to be listed on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. But more than that, it is a demonstration site created in 2004 by the Cobb County Water System to show residents how storm water can be managed in creative, effective and aesthetically pleasing ways. Always improving, the garden now includes a multitude of special places to wander through and enjoy. Milkweed plants will also be sold on site by Monarchs Across Georgia.

Rural Retreat There is always something in bloom, enjoyable to look at or tasty to eat at Master Gardeners Becky and Jerry Blades five (5) acre garden which was part of the old McEachern Farm in Powder Springs. Visitors will experience the Blades’ multiple gardening interests, which includes organic vegetable gardening, native plants that support wildlife and beekeeping to name a few. Their property is a Certified Habitat with Atlanta Audubon and Monarchs Across Georgia. Rain barrels supply water to their organic vegetable garden.

Suburban Sanctuary The Dowell Garden is a lesson in creating the perfect place for the plants that you love - even in a typical metro-Atlanta suburban subdivision. Master Gardener and conifer lover Dorothy Dowell transformed her garden from ordinary to extraordinary by creating a perfect home for evergreens and her other favorite plants. The backyard includes a small Koi and goldfish pond which leads to a shady woodland garden. Beautiful at any time of year, visitors will enjoy the pond, the variety of Japanese maples, flowering trees, shrubs, vines and flowers.

Still Elementary School Garden Fifty students strong, Still Elementary School’s “After School Garden Gang” await you! Members engage in a variety of garden activities including composting, water conservation and monitoring bluebird nesting boxes. Let them show you around the vegetable and pollinator gardens that are planned,


planted, maintained and harvested by the students.

Taste of England England’s climate and soil conditions are very different from Georgia’s clay soil and relentless heat and humidity. Developing a design and finding plants that recreate the loveliness of a traditional English garden requires research, discipline and experimentation. Master Gardener Bob Snider and his wife Pat accomplished this goal and created a welcoming and serene landscape to match their lovely home. Learn how they made this transformation through amending the soil, moving or removing plants and trees, installing efficient irrigation and adding hardscape that made the most of the property.

Lakefront Haven The Fletchers wanted a cozy and private outdoor retreat that friends and family could enjoy for many years to come. In progress for more than 20 years, you will enjoy the stacked stone walls, native plants and wide variety of trees and shrubs. There are many rooms throughout this garden for added privacy, exploration and adventure including a winding streambed, fishpond and sanctuary pond. The lake is used to irrigate the garden.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Take this great opportunity to see one of North Georgia’s botanical gems. Smith-Gilbert Gardens features more than 3,000 species of plants, many unique to American gardens. Garden highlights include the Dale Gillett Rose Garden, Paladino Camellia Garden, conifer collection, rock garden, cascading waterfall, Japanese maple grove, and signature mulberry tree Tickets may be purchased in advance from a Master Gardener or at the Cobb County Extension Office located at 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta or at any location the day of the Tour. $20 in advance/$25 day of tour Includes admission to Smith Gilbert Gardens on day of tour. Tickets are non-refundable. Please call 770-528-4070 for more information. This is a RAIN or SHINE event

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Speech Patterns Each one of our children has had different timelines when it has come to developmental milestones. Our oldest was walking before her first birthday, while our third child was almost two before he decided to go bi-pedal. So it hasn’t been with too much stress that I have watched as our youngest has struggled in her speech abilities as pointing and grunting seemed to have served her well up to this point. Unfortunately, her mother sees it differently and has been working tirelessly trying to get little Phoebe’s vocabulary further up the evolutionary scale so that her communication with us is more than what one hears while visiting the “Monkey Experience” at Zoo Atlanta. She has been so successful with her that I wasn’t surprised when she asked me to sit down and listen while Phoebe annunciated the words that coincided her alphabet lesson that she had been working on that day. “That’s great!” I said after a few words, “H is for ‘HORSE’, very clear, understood it perfectly, but can we go back a few letters?” “To where?” my wife asked. “Let me hear ‘F’ again.”


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“Okay,” she complied. “Phoebe, ‘F’ is for…?” “FOX!” She exclaimed. But it wasn’t really fox that she said. “Hon?” I politely pondered, “Are you hearing the same thing I am?” “What?” she pushed back, “she is only two, the K-S combination is tough and you shouldn’t expect….” “No, no,” I chimed, “she’s got the K-S thing down, I think it’s more about the A-W sound?” “FOX!” Phoebe yelled again. My wife’s eyes widened and she looked back to Phoebe, “repeat that please?!”

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“FOX, FOX, FOX!” Again, not quite getting it right.

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I started to laugh while my wife began in earnest to attempt to get our precious little angel to sound out different words to attempt to correct the tiny error she had in her pronunciation.



“Box, Rocks, FAWWWKS,” my wife implored. Phoebe answered, “BAWWKS, RAWWKS, F…..” Nope, missed it again. I thought this was hilarious and told my wife that I hoped they didn’t discuss the verse in Luke where Jesus told the Pharisees to go talk to a fox in her Bible class because her teachers might be surprised at her response. I can only describe the look my wife gave me as “miffed.” “Well, I can only guess where she must have heard that word Mr. Potty Mouth.” “ME!” I laughed incredulously. “I NEV…” she started, but then did a mental re-take and looked at me; a little less “miffed” this time. We laid it to rest knowing that just a few more lessons in phonetics would cure the problem. Another milestone, talking like a sailor…check!

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Cobb Rotary Clubs Make Cobb and the World a Better Place by Narayan Sengupta / Chairman Cobb Rotary Council A recent gathering of 45 Cobb Rotary leaders highlighted how active Cobb’s seven Rotary Clubs are. The Clubs, (East Cobb, Marietta, Marietta Metro, North Cobb, Smyrna, South Cobb, and Vinings Cumberland) have over 400 members between them. The diverse men and women of the clubs include many of Cobb’s civic, business and community leaders.


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Cobb Rotary Leadership Training Group The Cobb Rotary Clubs have various fundraisers and individual members reach into their own pockets to do what they can for local, regional, national and international service projects. East Cobb Rotary Club raises $85,000 in its annual East Cobb Job. Vinings Rotary hosts a fundraiser, billed as the metro area’s fastest 5K and has raised nearly $1 million over the past 20 years. North Cobb holds it Smoke on the Lake barbeque with tremendous success each year. In addition, clubs hold annual golf tournaments, assist Must Ministries and local community programs as part of their yearlong service projects.


With the funds that are raised, they participate in nearly 100 charitable projects a year. Several examples include: • Support for the Marietta Performance Learning Center • GED test vouchers are provided for the Cobb Adult Education Center • Dictionaries are given to area third graders


• Robotic and science kits are donated to middle schools • Cobb Rotary recognizes local Police and Fire departments, as well as, veterans through out the year. • Funds are also dispersed to fight diseases, provide disaster relief for regional victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, and so much more. The leadership gathering allows attendees to exchange ideas and start planning for upcoming activities. Together, Rotarians can do more than ever to help address local, regional, national and international changes. Cobb’s Rotary Clubs are always looking for local business, community and service leaders to get involved. Interested in more information or joining one of the clubs? For more information, please contact


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Happy Mother’s Day by Amber Burckhalter Every Mother’s Day, I think of the bond that I have with my son, the bond that I have with my mother, the bond she had with her mother, and so on. A Mother’s love is an incredible thing…unconditional.

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Hmmm. As I consider the word unconditional, I am reminded of the countless relationships I have seen with people and their dogs. I’ve seen families united by a dog. I’ve seen people paralyzed with depression, find purpose in caring for a pup. I’ve seen dogs, who were abused and scared, become so happy with the love of a family that they literally bounce around, unable to contain themselves. I’ve seen children, struggling with developmental disabilities overcome insurmountable obstacles through a relationship with a dog. In short, I have seen thousands of people’s lives enriched because of their dogs and I have seen thousands of dog’s lives enriched because of their people! Dogs have been a part of my life for my entire life. Some people scoff at the idea of being a “mom” to a fur baby. But, I was mom to my first dog Maggie long before I was Mom to my son. When I rescued her, I promised that I would provide for her as long as she was alive. I loved her, kept her safe, taught her everything I could, played with her, laughed and cried with her. I had no idea how much she was preparing me, or how often I would look back on our relationship for guidance. Almost 17 years ago, I wrote down five things Maggie taught me. Today, these simple tips inform everything we do to help people and their pups have the kind of relationship they deserve.

1 Spend quality time together. 2 Provide for their health and wellness.

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3 Show them what you want them to do and reward them when they do it. 4 Keep them physically and mentally exercised. 5 Have fun together! In preparing for this article, I reread these tips again and I printed them and put them on my note board not as a reminder of what to do with my pups, but as a reminder of what to do with my son! Thank you, Maggie, for all you taught me and all that you continue to teach me. To all the moms out there, I hope this article makes you smile. I wish you the most wonderful day possible!

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Our Town West Cobb May 2017  
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